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Odd Hen Out

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by VolailleAmant, Jul 30, 2016.

  1. VolailleAmant

    VolailleAmant Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi!
    I raise Isa Browns, and 1 particular hen likes to sneak out and roam the yard and drive way early in the morning.
    So when I go out to feed the chickens (keep in mind that this hen is NOT nice or very people social) she comes up to me about 6 feet away, and crouches like she is going to lay and egg. She makes a sort of popping sound also.
    Why in the world does she do this? And it goes on EVERY MORNING!
    HELP!
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

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    Do you have a rooster? Sounds likes she squatting to be mated. All my chickens are up roaming the yard at the crack of dawn.
     
  3. VolailleAmant

    VolailleAmant Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I do not have a rooster. And this doesn't look like the "I can mate" position! [​IMG]
    It is more like a "I am going to lay an egg" position!
     
  4. LeahZ

    LeahZ New Egg

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    I think what you are describing is what my chickens do also. If I go to pick them up and they don't have a place to run to, they kind of squat with their wings out a little and freeze. I think it's just a defensive posture.
     
  5. laceychicken

    laceychicken Out Of The Brooder

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    I have several Australorp hens that do this. It is a type of submission. I can stroke their backs or pick them up. They are the only ones of my varied flock that do this. They are very sweet. I have a young hen ... 16 weeks... That just started this when I walk by her. She is the only one of 8 young girls ... All the same age that has started doing this. I try to pick her up and talk to her when I can to make her as tame as possible.
     
  6. VolailleAmant

    VolailleAmant Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you everyone,
    but squatting isn't what she is doing. It is more like she is trying to lay an egg on the side walk but falsely.
    [​IMG]
     
  7. TalkALittle

    TalkALittle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How long has it been happening? Is it just in the morning or anytime you go out?
     
  8. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

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    Could be she's sunning herself.
     
  9. VolailleAmant

    VolailleAmant Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It has been going on every morning. only mornings.
     
  10. TalkALittle

    TalkALittle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Every morning since when? Two days ago? Two weeks?
     

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